Baguio horses are in danger of getting Equine Infectious Anemia

BAGUIO CITY- – The Baguio City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) over the weekend revealed that some of the horses in the city were tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA).

According to CVAO Veterinarian II Dr. Gladys Bantog, they discovered the disease from the blood samples of the horses in the city which were collected as early as September 2020.

The collection was conducted by CVAO after they received reports of horse deaths in March last year during the start of the lockdowns.

Bantog disclosed that around 17 horses were found positive for EIA from the 41 horses they extracted blood samples in the Wright Park in Pacdal, Baguio City.

She said they also discovered the presence of worms in the horses’ feces.

Bantog said there is yet no cure for the EIA. She made clear that the disease can not be transmitted to humans. It can only be transferred from a horse to another horse through insect bites.

The veterinarian said the only way to prevent further spread is by deworming and regular disinfection and cleaning of the stables to rid of horseflies.

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